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Manchester United vs. Swansea City view from oppo preview

Posted on August 15, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Swansea City   No Comments »
Manchester United vs. Swansea City view from oppo preview
Robin van Persie scores for Manchester United at Swansea
Robin van Persie scores for Manchester United at Swansea

Manchester United host the first game of the 2014/15 Premier League season and welcome Swansea City in what is a return fixture of the opening match last season. United got off to a flyer, hitting four past Swansea in what was David Moyes domestic debut. That was as good as it got for the Scot, who didn’t get to see the end of the season following his sacking in the April of this year.

Now, Manchester United have a new man in charge. A proven winner who has lifted league titles in Holland, Spain and Germany. Can he add and English Championship to his CV? If he is to – it all kicks off against Swansea City at 12:45.

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Manchester United 2014/15 season preview

Posted on August 15, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
Manchester United 2014/15 season preview
Wayne Rooney with Louis van Gaal
Manchester United manager and captain are locked in discussion ahead of the 2014/15 season.

Yes, it is that time of year. Those boring summer months are a thing of the past as the first day of the Premier League season is upon us! Manchester United have a new manager at the helm for the second time in twelve months and we thought we’d ask the lads a few questions on how the season may unfold. Will Louis van Gaal win the league title with United in his first season? Will the club sign anyone in the window? Who will get relegated? We ask you also to contribute in the comments with your suggestions.

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Southampton vs. Manchester United Preview: View from the oppo

Posted on May 10, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Southampton   No Comments »
Southampton vs. Manchester United Preview: View from the oppo
Manchester United's Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie scored a hattrick for Manchester United against Southampton last season

Manchester United will finish the 2013/14 season away at Southampton, as the club come to terms with the fact Champions League football will sadly be missing from the Old Trafford fixture list next term. The last time United failed to qualify for the tournament was indeed back in 1994/95, when Blackburn Rovers pipped United to the title on the final day of the season. Of course, only the Champions qualified twenty years ago and the runners up went into the competitive UEFA Cup.

Much has changed in the past twelve months, with two managers both departing under extremely different circumstances. Sir Alex Ferguson retired from the game having lifted his thirteenth and final league championship, whereas David Moyes was relived of his duties following the woeful 2-0 defeat at Everton. United will want to get this season out of the way and ensure the new manager – which looks likely to be Louis van Gaal – finalised as soon as possible.

Ryan Giggs has stated that Phil Jones will not play in the fixture on Sunday, but the injury isn’t as bad as he first thought. Wayne Rooney should also return in what could be United’s number 11′s last game in a red shirt.

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FC Bayern vs. Manchester United: View from the opposition

Posted on April 08, 2014  by El Rob  in Champions League, El Rob, Man United, Match Previews   No Comments »
FC Bayern vs. Manchester United: View from the opposition
Vidic-BayernAnother brilliant headed goal (and defensive display) by Vidic would be nice.

On Wednesday night, United face their biggest match of the season in Munich. After last week’s stirring 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, the Reds have to summon a performance for the ages to get past European champions Bayern, and reach the Champions League semifinals.

This past weekend, Bayern lost their first match of the Bundesliga season, 1-0 at Augsburg, with a starting XI featuring stars of the world game such as Mitchell Weiser, Pierre Emile Hojbjerg and Ylli Sallahi. United beat Newcastle 4-0, a really good performance that built upon their improving away form. Mr. Moyes was also able to rest key players such as Carrick, Ferdinand and Vidic, while Rafael may be fit to start on Wednesday. Unfortunately, man-of-the-match Juan Mata is cup-tied and therefore unavailable for the game. Robin van Persie is still injured and will be out for some time again, while Wayne Rooney is likely to start after suffering from a toe injury at the weekend. Patrice Evra will be available after a one-match suspension, though – amazingly – there is the possibility that Alex Büttner will get the nod at left back, after a disciplined and controlled defensive performance last week.

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Manchester United vs. Liverpool view from the oppo

Posted on March 16, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Liverpool, Man United, Match Previews   1 Comment »
Manchester United vs. Liverpool view from the oppo
Manchester United's Robin van Persie celebrates scoring
Robin van Persie will hope to be on the scoresheet when Manchester United take on Liverpool

Manchester United host Liverpool in the 190th match between the two clubs. United haven’t lost at home to the visitors since the 4-1 defeat back in 2009. At that time, United were in the hunt for a second successive European Cup, the Premier League title and the FA Cup. As we now know a Andres Iniesta inspired Barcelona, with a little help from Lionel Messi, stopped United from reclaiming the European title, whilst David Moyes’ Everton beat United on penalties in the semi-final of the cup – with Dimitar Berbatov taking a horrendous spot kick. United did go on to win the title, three on the trot.

Fast forward half a decade and United are looking up at their rivals who are now 11 points clear. It is highly unlikely United will qualify for the Champions League, even with thirty points left to play for. United will be hoping a win over Liverpool will help to raise confidence ahead of the return Champions League fixture on Wednesday, with the home side 2-0 down from the first leg.

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WBA Vs. Manchester United preview view from the oppo

Posted on March 08, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, WBA   No Comments »
WBA Vs. Manchester United preview view from the oppo
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney heads at goal against West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League
Wayne Rooney and Manchester United vs. WBA earlier in the season at Old Trafford.

Manchester United travel to WBA in the early kick off hoping to avenge the 2-1 defeat at the hands of their west Midlands opponents earlier in the season. United haven’t played since the disastrous 2-0 defeat away at Greek Champions Olympiakos, which was even worse than the 1-0 defeat away at Lille in 2005, a defeat generally considered the ‘Massimo Taibi benchmark’ of European defeats.

The Hawthorns was the scene of Sir Alex Ferguson’s last match in charge, an epic 5-5 draw – the first of its kind in the Premier League. Fast forward ten months and United are out of the title race, out of both domestic cups and have it all to do in the return leg of the European Cup last 16. David Moyes wrote a letter to Manchester United season ticket holders praising the support from the fans and will no doubt be under pressure yet again to try and close the enormous gap on Manchester City in fourth spot.

Phil Jones (hip), Jonny Evans (calf) and Nani (hamstring) are all doubtful for the visitors, whilst Chris Brunt and James Morrison, who were both injured on international duty, face a late fitness test for the home side.

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Olympiakos Vs. Manchester United Champions League preview

Posted on February 24, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Champions League, Man United, Sleepy Nik   No Comments »
Olympiakos Vs. Manchester United Champions League preview
Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney will be hoping to find the net against Olympiakos after a great goal Saturday

Some may consider Manchester United’s current season a Greek tragedy, with David Moyes’ men way off the pace in the Premier League. The Champions League is generally a nice distraction, especially considering the opposition facing domestic rivals in the competition. Wayne Rooney scored his first goal since the 3-2 victory over Hull City and will be looking to link up again with Robin van Persie as United aim to do one better than last season and get into the quarter finals.

United have met Olympiakos four times in their history, with the most recent coming back in October 2002, when Juan Sebastian Veron scored a superb goal in a 3-2 victory. United have won all four matches scoring twelve goals to the Greek’s two. The away side are missing Nani (hamstring), Phil Jones (hip) and Jonny Evans (calf) who have remained in Manchester due to injury, whilst Juan Mata is cup tied.

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Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United view from the oppo

Posted on February 22, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Crystal Palace, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United view from the oppo
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, left, scores his side's second goal against 10-man Crystal Palace
Wayne Rooney scores a freekick for Manchester United against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford

Manchester United travel to South London today against a Crystal Palace side who haven’t lost at home since a 3-0 thumping at hand of Newcastle United just before Christmas. David Moyes will be surely hoping that this is the fixture that notches up United’s first away win this year. The last away win was over Norwich City by one goal to nil.

Wayne Rooney, who signed a contract extension yesterday, will be looking to get on the scoresheet as he hasn’t found the back of the net since the 3-2 win over Hull post Christmas. The last time United played at Palace was in Rooney’s debut season. The match ended in a dire 0-0 draw.

Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj could make his first start for the club since January whilst Marouane Fellaini is also in contention. Jonny Evans is still a doubt although Phil Jones is expected to return to first team action.

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Manchester United vs. Fulham view from the oppo

Posted on February 08, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Fulham, Man United, Match Previews, Premier League   No Comments »
Manchester United vs. Fulham view from the oppo
Robin Van Persie scores the equalising goal for Manchester United against Fulham
Robin van Persie scores his first goal for Manchester United against Fulham

Manchester United host Fulham on Sunday, with both sides low on confidence following early FA Cup exists and poor league form. United welcome back Rene Meulensteen, who joined the United coaching staff in 2001 and helped Sir Alex Ferguson win a number of league titles and the Champions League in 2008.

Meulensteen has had a tough start to his managerial career in England, with Fulham rock bottom and no having won a league fixture since New Years day. The visitors have lost ex-United forward Dimitar Berbatov to Monaco and have conceded 53 goals so far this term – the worst in the league. United ran out 3-1 winners earlier in the season at Fulham, with Antonio Valencia, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie getting on the scoresheet.

The home side welcome back Nemanja Vidic, who announced earlier in the week he is to leave the club at the end of the season, who is available again after being sent off against Chelsea in January, whilst David Moyes will be looking to Rooney and van Persie to start working with Juan Mata to form an impressive attacking trio. Time is running out for Manchester United, with Liverpool now ten points clear after their 5-1 hammering of Arsenal, and a win against the relegation threatened Londoners is key.

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Stoke City vs. Manchester United view from the oppo

Posted on February 01, 2014  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Match Previews, Premier League, Stoke City   No Comments »
Stoke City vs. Manchester United view from the oppo
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, right, and Stoke City's Geoff Cameron in the Premier League
Wayne Rooney and Geoff Cameron clash in the 3-2 Manchester United victory earlier in the season

Manchester United travel to Stoke City this afternoon looking to build on the 2-0 win over Cardiff City mid week. United have a pretty good record at the Britannia Stadium, having never lost there in the Premier League era. You would have to go back to Boxing Day 1984 to record a Stoke City win the league, although this was at Stoke’s Victoria Ground.

Mark Hughes is under pressure to pick up results, with the home side not winning a league match since beating Aston Villa 2-1 just before Christmas and falling into the relegation dog fight. Stoke City are without Steven Nzonzi, who was sent off in the 1-0 defeat against Sunderland.

David Moyes welcomed back Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney to the first team squad the other night, and with the addition of Juan Mata from Chelsea, United will be looking for a repeat result of the 3-2 victory earlier in the season at Old Trafford. United are without Nemanja Vidic, who is still suspended from his lunge on Eden Hazard in the 3-1 defeat against Chelsea, and Rio Ferdinand who is still injured. Michael Carrick will face a late fitness test, whilst Nani is out for a month.

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